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My 19 month old stopped nursing a month ago. He had been losing interest even before my milk supply started to tank, and I honestly wonder if we would have made it much farther even if I hadn't gotten pregnant. He is so active and into everything, and no matter how much I offered he would fuss and jump out of my lap. We did make it halfway through the pregnancy, and he nursed for a long time with no milk. He IS doing something strange, however. Every once and a while if he catches mama without her shirt on, he'll start playing with my breasts and put his mouth on them. Its almost like he's checking to see if the milky came back yet. So I don't stop him from doing that. Who knows, maybe when there is milk he'll pick it up again. But if he doesn't, I would consider him to be CLW'd. I never refused him and offered many many times even though he didn't want to nurse anymore (went through at least three weeks of offering constantly and being refused by him), so it isn't like I didn't consider the possibility of a nursing strike either. Henri was just done with it.
that being said, I do believe that 2 years of breastmilk is optimal, and I will pump milk for Henri when the baby is born, just like I did for his older brother when Henri was born. I have tremendous supply, especially in the early months, and I can easily meet a 2yo's daily "milk needs" 100% and still nurse a newborn.